Lancashire one, Cuadrilla nil
Anti-fracking protesters celebrate decision to block drilling
Anti-fracking protesters celebrated yesterday as Lancashire Country Council rejected an application to allow fracking in Little Plumpton.
Planning officers had recommended that the mining go ahead but Lancashire County Council rejected the bid on the grounds of "unacceptable noise impact" and the "adverse urbanising effect on the landscape".
Greenpeace UK energy and climate campaigner, Daisy Sands, stated that this decision was "a Waterloo for the fracking industry" and a "triumph for local democracy". She said: "Their decision sends a powerful signal to other councils that the fracking juggernaut can indeed be stopped."
This was the second such decision in the space of a week. Last Thursday an application for mining in nearby Roseacre was rejected on the grounds that it would cause an increase in traffic, resulting in “an unacceptable impact” on rural roads and reduced road safety.
The mining company Cuadrilla had applied for permission to drill for shale gas at two sites in Lancashire at Little Plumpton and Roseacre Wood.
Liz Hutchins, a senior political campaigner at Friends of the Earth, commented: “There are really high stakes for the decision in Lancashire. If we can stop fracking here it really is a strong signal fracking has no economic future in the UK.”